2021 Hyundai Kona EV

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$37,390

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2021 Hyundai Kona EV
2021 Hyundai Kona EV

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Carlike maneuverability
  • Highway poise
  • Nimble
  • Smooth six-speed automatic
  • Simple touchscreen multimedia system

The bad:

  • Driving position not high enough for some
  • Firm, busy ride
  • Gas-pedal lag in Normal drive mode
  • Base engine's limited power reserves
  • Extensive use of hard plastics in cabin

3 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2021 Hyundai Kona EV trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • New Night Edition available
  • Five-seat subcompact SUV
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Choice of four-cylinder engines, including turbo
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto standard
  • Kona Electric with 258-mile range available

2021 Hyundai Kona EV review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2021 Hyundai Kona?

The Hyundai Kona is a five-seat subcompact SUV, though from the outside, its proportions are more wagonlike in terms of height and size. This can be an advantage when driving in a crowded city center, but its driving position may not be high enough for some. 

Available with a choice of gas engines, the Kona is also offered with an all-electric drivetrain; the aptly named Kona Electric delivers a 258-mile EPA-estimated driving range. The Kona’s standard gas engine is a 147-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder that works with a six-speed automatic transmission; a 175-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that teams with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is also available. While gas Konas can have front- or all-wheel drive, the Kona Electric is front-drive only. Competitors include the Kia Soul, Nissan Rogue Sport and Honda HR-V

What’s New on the 2021 Hyundai Kona?

A new Night Edition powered by the turbocharged four-cylinder features LED headlights and taillights, black 18-inch wheels and trim, black cloth upholstery and aluminum pedals. 

What Features in the 2021 Hyundai Kona Are Most Important?

Standard features include: 

  • 16-inch alloy wheels 
  • 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system 
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity 
  • Bluetooth 
  • Cruise control 
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane-keeping assist

Available features include: 

  • Power moonroof
  • Leather seating 
  • Heated front seats
  • Navigation with 8-inch touchscreen
  • Infinity premium stereo 
  • Wireless device charging
  • Blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Adaptive cruise control

Should I Buy the 2021 Hyundai Kona?

The Kona is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a smaller SUV with carlike driving manners. While the base engine’s power is modest, the turbo four-cylinder provides an extra measure of performance. The Kona Electric, meanwhile, has the range needed to make it a viable daily driver, but it’s only offered in certain regions of the country.  

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value for the money 5.0
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 4.3

Most recent consumer reviews

4.6

need more room in back seat

It's not space in the back seat my grandkids don't have enough room in the back maybe i can trade my car in for something bigger

5.0

First Electric car I have driven

Loved driving it even though it was only 3 miles to get it home :) Cannot wait to drive it a little further. Thank you

5.0

Handles amazingly well. Like a Large suv

I was missing my big suv, but this car changed my mind It hs great pic up. styling is very cool and is comfortable inside

See all 4 consumer reviews